Sports: M-A Cheer Gears Up for New Season With New Faces and Stronger Bonds
After having a rocky reputation in previous years, the Bear's cheerleading team has found a new niche. The team has never been closer to one an other as they are this year. With a bond formed last year, the cheerleaders hope to cheer the football and basketball players to victorious seasons.
Morale is high this year, in part because of the summer training camp the entire varsity team went to this past summer. “I sent them to summer camp and they really bonded as a team and it was really nice for me to be able to step away and let them get to know each other. I didn’t have to ask them to know one an one. It's a new group with a lot of freshmen” recalls cheer coach Katharine Keigher.
The bears have recently made changes to adapt to the new flow of freshmen that has been added to the team. A junior-varsity (JV) squad has been made as a place in the cheer program where athletes with little or no experience can learn routines and stunts before moving to a higher performance level. The JV team will be performing with the varsity squad in the upcoming rally.
The team looks forward to showing their new routines to the school at the Friday football games and during school events. “I love watching the games, it's so iconic, and it's a classic American pass time; so I love when [the cheerleaders] get to go out on the field and do what they do!” sates Keigher.
After a first place win last year in the Norcal Classic Competition (NCC), the girls hope that this year they can enter and win more competitions. “The hardest part of coaching is the logistics and making sure that the team is ready for all the competitions that we go to” admits Keigher.
This year the bears hope to win more competitions and increase school spirit.